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Dive travel: Destination Micronesia

Although scuba diving provides a great form of exercise and an activity to do while on vacation, for many, it is the core reason for planning a vacation apart from the fitness aspects of it. This tranquil, relaxing and popular sport opens up an entirely new world of travel opportunities to exotic destinations all over the world that might otherwise be overlooked.

In planning a vacation around scuba diving, divers get to know other cultures, countries, peoples and geographies that encompass such pristine destinations as the beautiful and teeming Micronesian islands. Divers travel from all over the world to experience firsthand the vibrant colors of the underwater marine and plant life, the playful dolphins, schools of non-stinging jellyfish and majestic manta rays. Imagine crystal clear water, deep-wreck scuba diving, an abundance of sea life and coral, and year-round water temperatures of 78 to 80 degrees. If you’re a scuba diver, you might already know about the glorious diving of Micronesia.

The Micronesian islands are comprised of 2,000 tiny tropical islands scattered over more than three million square miles of the Pacific Ocean, which are situated north of the equator in the Western Pacific. The distance from one end of Micronesia to the other is 2,040 nautical miles. The islands of Micronesia are the result of volcanic activity that took place millions of years ago, some of which are the tips of huge underwater mountains, and some — the atolls, are the rims of sunken volcano craters, which peak above the blue-green water surrounding, and thus forming serene lagoons. There are eight distinct and unique island groups, each with its own culture, language, history and stunning tropical attractions. These island groups represent Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Marianas, Ponhpei, Yap, Chuuk, the Marshalls and Kosrae. The climate in Micronesia is tropical all year round with very little variation between seasons. The average temperatures year-round range from 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit with 70 percent humidity, depending on the island. Continue reading